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Green or gross? The dangers of reusable bags

(CNN)- Many grocery stores are ditching plastic bags in favor of reusable ones. But what is supposed to be environmentally friendly may not be so good for your health.

Independent research showed that bags tested in a lab found some had e-coli, and others had chloroform.

Most had some form of bacteria which could get into the food you would eventually eat.

Before you throw out your bags, though, experts say a cycle in the washing machine will get rid of potentially harmful bacteria.

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